Clause 15: Bottom Treatment

In no case shall a claim be allowed in respect of scraping gritblasting and/or other surface preparation or painting of the Vessel’s bottom except that

15.1       gritblasting and/or other surface preparation of new bottom plates ashore and supplying and applying any “shop” primer thereto

15.2       gritblasting and/or other surface preparation of:

               The butts or area of plating immediately adjacent to any renewed or refitted plating damaged during the course of welding and/or repairs, areas of plating damages during the course of fairing, either in place or ashore,

15.3        supplying and applying the first coat of primer/anti-corrosive to those particular areas mentioned in 15.1 and 15.2 above,

shall be allowed as part of the reasonable cost of repairs in respect of bottom plating damaged by an insured peril.

Comments to ITCH

If the vessel`s bottom has been damaged by an insured peril, the clause lists circumstances under which surface preparation or bottom painting are allowed as reasonable cost of repairs.

The gritblasting and/or other surface preparation and the painting of all other areas of the bottom, is excluded by the clause.

NMIP Comparison

The insurers’ liability for bottom treatment is dealt with in a similar manner by the NMIP, though with no standard wording included.

NMIP Cl. 12-1 will apply, meaning that bottom treatment necessitated by a recoverable damage will be covered to the extent required to restore the vessel to the same condition it was prior to the casualty.